Winged Obsession: The Pursuit of the World’s Most Notorious Butterfly Smuggler

Winged ObsessionI was searching the web when I happened upon a book review of Winged Obsession: The Pursuit of the World’s Most Notorious Butterfly Smuggler by Jessica Speart.

Immediately I was drawn in by the title of the book and after reading the review, I was enthralled by the storyline. I imagined an obsessed butterfly poacher, running through the Amazon Rainforest, net in hand, with a strange crazed look about him. That was it, my imagination got the best of me and I clicked straight through to where I’m proud to say, I purchased my first book to be read on my new iPad!  But, I’ll have to wait for the release date of April 5, 2011 to start reading.

I haven’t’ been this excited to read a book about butterflies since I read Sharman Apt Russell’s, An Obsession With Butterflies: Our Long Love Affair With A Singular Insect which yes, inspired the naming of our business, Obsession With Butterflies

From the Author: “One of the world’s most beautiful endangered species – butterflies – are a lucrative commodity on the black market.  And in the cutthroat $200 million business, no one made more money, or posed a greater ecological danger, than Yoshi Kojima, the kingpin of butterfly smugglers.”

“Winged Obsession is a tale of greed, obsession and sexual temptation, the story of the worlds most wanted butterfly smuggler, the rookie U.S. Fish and Wildlife agent who finally brings him down, and the writer who found herself at the middle of the story.”
Jessica Speart

Available on April 5, 2011 Winged Obsession: The Pursuit of the World’s Most Notorious Butterfly Smuggler

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6 Responses to Winged Obsession: The Pursuit of the World’s Most Notorious Butterfly Smuggler
  1. Martha
    July 30, 2011 | 9:57 pm

    Here’s another book you might be interested in called Butterfly Messengers:

  2. Joe Kirkham
    May 5, 2011 | 3:28 pm

    Hi Ms. Spear,
    I have created a blog site for my conservation efforts for some local places in Fort Worth, Texas. My mom heard you on NPR today and she was telling me about you. I wondered if I could do an interview with you so that I can add that to my blog.

    Right now my main conservation efforts are with the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge and the Center for Animal Research and Education. My mom told me that you have been a journalist about conservation. It would be great to post my interview with you or even have you be a guest speaker on my blog. I try to get other kids involved with my fund raising. Check out my site at

    Joe Kirkham

    • OWB
      May 5, 2011 | 4:20 pm

      Hi Joe, I hope Ms. Spear sees your comment. You can try reaching her through her blog at Thanks for sharing your site with us and best wishes with your conservation efforts – we need more kids like you in this world!

      Obsession With Butterflies

  3. Vickie
    April 23, 2011 | 9:38 am

    Hi Jessica,
    I finished reading Winged Obsession – The Pursuit of the World’s Most Notorious Butterfly Smuggler, and wow, I really enjoyed it! There were parts of the book truly made my skin crawl (and I’m not talking about the bug parts!) and it certainly opened my eyes to the the world of butterfly smuggling. I had no idea it was so rampant and wide spread and involved endangered and protected species. I loved your writing style and will be reading more of your books. I hope to have the honor of meeting you at the upcoming bug fair in L.A. on May 14 and 15th. Until then thank you for writing about such an important issue.

  4. OWB
    March 16, 2011 | 10:30 am

    Hi Jessica, oh boy, yet another butterfly inspired book, I will also have to read Blue Twilight. Thank you for your comment, and yes, we are doing our small part to help keep butterflies flourishing in California.

  5. Jessica Speart
    March 16, 2011 | 9:07 am

    I’m so thrilled to know you’re excited about the book. I actually became interested in butterflies while writing a mystery novel on the Lotis Blue butterfly. The book is titled Blue Twilight. I spent time with a number of lepidopterists in California and became absolutely intrigued with their work. I knew I had to write about the Yoshi Kojima case after that.
    Thanks for all the good work you do to help preserve butterflies!

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